Communication

Resources

TRAINING VIDEOS

Successful News writing: A summery video of a full newswriting workshop that will give you the essential tips on how to write a good news story.

 

Successful Picture publishing: A summery video sharing basic tips to help you take a good photograph that will look great either on your website or in print publications. Download the handout.


Getting a story published in your local newspaper
: You may have a great story. Your church is buzzing. But how do you convince your local media to publish. Pastor Peter Jeynes, a pastor in the North of England, has had good success in this area.

 

Effective Communication skills pt1: Sharing Jesus online. What are the strengths and weaknesses of using social media to share Jesus. [Used by permission, British Union Conference Training] Download the handout.

 

Effective Communication skills pt2: Seeing ourselves as others see us:. How difficult is it for an ‘outsider’ to see or understand what is happening in an Adventist church? What can a local church do to improve that? [Used by permission, British Union Conference Training] Download the handout.

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WRITTEN DOCUMENTS, LINKS & HANDOUTS

Guidelines for tedNEWS Reporting and Photography.  Also useful as a general guide for all newswriting - simple ideas that will help you get your story published.

10 Commandments for writers of church website news. (Courtesy Pacific Union Conference).

Church Notice Boards. Make sure the sign outside your church is actually telling the public what you think it is telling them! Some design tips to think about. [Courtesy BUC]

Copyright free photos and music. How can I stay legal but get the photos and music I need for my website or media project? The TED provides you with a list of helpful resources that will keep you safe, legal, and out of court. Download the handout.

"Facebook Faith: Social Networking in a Faith Community" A helpful article by Dr Karsten & Pastor Kirsten Øster-Lundqvist – both experts in the internet and social networking.

Live streaming church services. A helpful booklet produced by the South England Conference Communication department, sharing how, why and if it is appropriate to stream your church service. (pdf)

Local Church Communication audit.  A list of suggestions to help a local congregation be more open and understandable to those who may pass by or visit from the local community. (Word document)

Media Response Strategy for ministers and church members responding to media and journalist enquiries. (pdf) Download the handout.

Permission for Photos. Do I need permission to publish my photo on a website or in a church publication? (Courtesy PUC) These guidelines are for the USA but are similar to current guidance for most European countries.

Role of the Communication Secretary. (Word Document) Download the handout.

Style Guide. An authoritiative document on news writing and reporting including a glossary of terms making Adventism understandable to an external audience. Updated in 2015 by ANN (Adventist News Network)

 


 

WORKSHOPS

 

The TED can arrange or provide workshops on a Union level in the following areas, including training trainers. These need to be booked well in advance and are subject to availability:

• Crisis Management (particularly in relation to the media)
• Church relations with the external Media
• How to use PowerPoint
• Interview tips for radio and TV (Both how to interview and how to be interviewed.)
• Local church communication audit (Seeing ourselves as others see us)
• Making a newsletter work!
• News writing
• Overview of the role of the Communication Secretary
• Sharing Jesus Online (The use of social media for sharing the Gospel)
• Taking photographs for publication (non-technical)
• Voice training for radio/TV/public speaking